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Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Make Place de la Bastille part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris itinerary planner.
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  • The significance of the spot is immense, but the actual monument is in the middle of a junction (surrounded by construction when I went). Interesting if you happen to pass by it as we did, on the way ...  more »
  • We visited for the markets which unfortunately were a non event. But the breakfast we had was very good and lots to look at while people walk by.  more »
  • Nice construction, but I didn't like the attraction due to this, but mainly because all the history behind it.  more »